We showcase into work offer and local investment to Weston MP

06 February 2015

We showcased our investment in North Somerset last Friday, when local MP John Penrose visited our office in Worle.

We've made a major investment of £90 million in the regional economy last year, through the retendering of our maintenance contracts.

Friday’s event saw us demonstrating how we have embedded social value into these contracts, creating local opportunities for employment, volunteering and apprenticeships.

John Penrose MP met a couple of our apprentices and learnt more about some of the community and employment offers made by our contractors in North Somerset.

Six months into the contracts, and already 10 young people have secured apprenticeships (in plumbing, administration and accountancy) and four people have secured full time jobs. One contractor is also working with a local school to demonstrate the wide range of career pathways in the construction industry.

Jane Edmonds, our Assistant Director said, “John Penrose’s visit has given us the opportunity to show what local businesses like us can do for the wider community and for employability in this region.

Our Into Work Team has been working closely with our contractors to bring these employment and training opportunities to fruition and to support any of our residents wishing to apply for them.”

John Penrose, MP for Weston-super-Mare, said “Knightstone are building hundreds of new homes a year, so they need plenty of skilled staff to manage and run things like their sheltered and supported housing schemes. It was great to meet some of their new apprentices, many of whom have already got permanent jobs, and to hear how they work closely with Weston College to make the programme such a success.

Weston and the villages need more skills if we’re going to thrive in the new global ‘knowledge economy’, and this is a great example of how to do it”.

In November, we became one of the first organisations in the country to be awarded a Social Value Quality Mark. The mark is awarded to organisations with a clear understanding of their impact, and who implement ways of working that secure long-term sustainability and benefit the wider community.

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